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Cookie Monster's Siri commercial is absolutely awesome, and not just because it's brought to you by the number 6 and the letter s. What's equally awesome is that Apple put together a behind the scenes video following Cookie Monster through the commercial shoot. It's also great to see Cookie Monster's humanity; he's excited by new technology, he overcomes adversity, and he loves cookies, just like us—only with more fur. And he's blue.
FBI director James Comey has a couple revelations about the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone unlock hack. The first is that it doesn't work on phones newer than the iPhone 5c, and the second is that he doesn't want Apple to fix the exploit they used to get in.
Today Adam Christianson from the Maccast and TMO's Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to take a look at subscription software models from the perspective of the average user. They also share their thoughts on budgeting for app purchases and subscriptions, if developers are sharing their pricing messages effectively, and more.
The FBI has had access to the encrypted contents of Syed Farook's iPhone 5c for at least a week and when asked about the status, FBI general counsel James Baker said they're still analyzing the data and the agency won't talk about what may or may not be there. That's government talk for, "We didn't find anything useful on the iPhone."
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters this December and we can finally get a taste of the film because Disney released the first teaser trailer on Thursday. The movie follows a Rebel Alliance group as they try to gather intel on a mysterious new Empire weapon called the Death Star, and based on what we see in the two-minute clip, the odds are decidedly against them. The movie takes place shortly before the original Star Wars where Luke, Han, and Leia meet, and it suddenly got a lot harder to wait for December to come.
Finding the balance between security and convenience is no easy task, and Apple learned that again yesterday. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's stance on security and convenience with the iPhone and Siri, plus they share their thoughts on WhatsApp enabling end-to-end encryption for all platforms.
When websites started showing how to use Siri on locked iPhones to access photos and contacts some people called it a Siri security flaw, others called it a poorly thought out feature. Either way, Apple addressed the issue quickly without requiring an iOS update. The problem is that the incident underscores Apple's tendency to favor convenience over security.
Well done, FBI. In its fight to kill encryption-based privacy and security, public awareness is on the rise, and now WhatsApp expanded its built-in encryption to all supported devices all the time. The end result is that everyone—honest people and criminals alike—have yet another way to keep their private conversations from snoopy friends, bad guys, and the government.
TextExpander 6 is out and it fired up the software subscription debate. Greg Scown from Smile Software, along with Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro, join Jeff Gamet to look at subscription software models, what benefits they can offer, and why some people oppose them.
Google unintentionally showed why Apple maintains the App Store's walled garden after it was alerted to a Taliban-made propaganda app on the Play Store. Of course Google pulled it down, but the point is that the Taliban was able to publish and sell its app to Android phone users because there wasn't a screening process in place to catch it earlier.